Project Manager, Engineering Salary

For Engineering Project Managers, Chevron Corporation hands out the highest paychecks — $171K on average — relative to the national average of $86K annually. Also paying near the top of the field are Schlumberger at $134K, Apple Computer, Inc at $132K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Engineering Project Managers annually earn $123K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,859 - $125,713
(Median)
$58K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,601
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$19.46 - $62.52
(Median)
$19
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,859 - $125,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,270  
Profit Sharing
$484.97 - $11,678  
Commission
$0.00 - $39,732  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$57,374 - $134,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.46 - $62.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$25.13 - $64.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,270  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$484.97 - $11,678  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$57,374 - $134,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 869
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Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering

Project managers in engineering are responsible for leading and directing specialized engineers in specific projects. Strong communication skills and the ability to think quickly to resolve problems in real time are essential in this position, and organizational skills and close attention to detail are also important.

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Project Manager, Engineering Tasks

  • Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
  • Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
  • Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
  • Translate customer requirements into product strategy.

Common Career Paths for Project Manager, Engineering


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It's not very common for Engineering Project Managers to move on to become VPs of Engineering. Average pay for a VP of Engineering is $156K annually. As Engineering Project Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Engineering Senior Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $117K per year. Another common career choice for Engineering Project Managers is to move into a Civil Engineer role. Typically, Civil Engineers get paid $60K.

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Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Survey results imply that Engineering Project Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Budget Management, Contractor Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Engineering Project Managers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $70K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Engineering Project Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $109K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,978

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Engineering Project Managers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Denver (+7 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Pittsburgh (+4 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.

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What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in Minneapolis:
"Small Company Project Manager - MN."
Pros: Travel, responsibility, and designing/building cool engineered systems.
Cons: Long hours, and deadlines.

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Contractor Management
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Microsoft Project
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Technical Analysis
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$88,000

Design
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Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1435 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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